Dec 1 2017

Spotify Attorney Estimates the Service Infringed 300,000 Songs in Settlement Hearing

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Nov 1 2017

Donahue Fitzgerald Ranked in Top Tier of 2018 “Best Law Firms”

Donahue Fitzgerald’s Corporate Practice Group specializes in advising public and private companies, from high-tech start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, regarding corporate transactions, private equity and venture financings, and commercial matters.  Our attorneys represent clients in the formation, financing, operation, and dissolution of corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, and regularly advise these entities on corporate […]

Sep 11 2017

Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® 2018 Edition

OAKLAND (September 11, 2017) – Three attorneys from Donahue Fitzgerald were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018: Dawn Newton, Franchise Law Merrill J. Schwartz, Corporate Law Kristin A. Pace, Tax Law The Best Lawyers in America rankings are based solely on peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of attorneys confidentially evaluate their colleagues. As lawyers do not […]

Aug 29 2017

Hidden Assets: Licensing Your Company’s Trademarks

Protecting the Brand By Trademark Registration Before a company can engage in any meaningful trademark licensing, it must ensure that its trademarks are federally registered. This is the first step: a comprehensive filing strategy for all domestic and international brands. Start with core registrations for the products on which the marks are already used, and […]

Jun 27 2017

Supreme Court Rules Trademark Disparagement Provision Unconstitutional

Background Simon Shio Tam filed an application for the mark “THE SLANTS” for “entertainment in the nature of live performances by a musical band.” The examining attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) refused to register the mark, citing that under § 1052(a) of the Lanham Act, the mark was “likely disparaging […]

May 3 2017

Waiting on Guidance on Berkeley’s Paid Sick Leave Law

The Berkeley ordinance requires employers to pay employees for their time away from work when they or their family members are sick. This local ordinance ups the employer requirements and employee benefits provided by California’s statewide paid sick leave law. Like the California law, Berkeley’s law requires that leave accrue at a rate of at […]

May 3 2017

Chinese Broadcaster Alleges Massive Copyright Theft – in the U.S.

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Feb 10 2017

Donahue Fitzgerald Partner, Jonathan Osder, Receives 2017 Client Choice Award

On February 2, 2017, the International Law Office and Lexology named our partner Jonathan Osder as a recipient of the 2017 Client Choice Awards. Jonathan earned top honors for the state of California for intellectual property in the area of copyright law. Congratulations to Jonathan for being selected for the award from a pool of […]

Feb 6 2017

Donahue Fitzgerald Ranked In Top Tier of 2017 “Best Law Firms”

Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Receiving a […]

Nov 14 2016

How will recent changes to federal wage and hour law affect your business?

More specifically, the DOL increased the minimum salary level—from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $913 per week ($47,476 per year)—that certain employees must earn in order to be considered “exempt” from the FLSA’s overtime requirements.  While there are a variety of exemptions from overtime, the revised regulations only apply to those employees who […]